Couple jailed for selling son to paedophiles on dark web

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A court in Friburg, southern Germany, has jailed a woman and her spouse for selling her son to paedophiles on the dark net for sex.

Five other men have also been prosecuted in connection with the abuse.

The Freiburg state court in southwestern Germany convicted the couple of serious sexual abuse of children, 21 counts in his case and 19 in hers.

Diaz received a 10-year prison sentence for 14 counts of aggravated sexual assault, one count of rape and one count of bodily harm while making child pornography.

The couple allowed four other men to sexually abuse the boy - among them a German soldier, a Swiss man and a Spaniard who admitted paying the couple 10,000 euros ($11,560) to rape the boy multiple times and was convicted in a separate trial Monday.

The twisted pair and six others were part of a pedophile ring that was busted past year following an anonymous tip.

The 48-year-old mother, Berrin T., and her boyfriend, Christian L. - whom the boy called "Papa" - charged several thousand euros to film each instance of abuse and upload them on the dark web, the UK's Telegraph reported.

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The pair have only been identified by the pseudonyms Berrin T and Christian L in line with German privacy rules.

During the trial, it emerged that the couple had sexually abused the boy themselves for at least two years.

The two were accused of repeatedly abusing and raping the 10-year-old boy.

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Police in the town of Baden-Württemberg reported they had arrested a number of suspects in September 2017, reported Deutsche Welle.

The 33-year-old was also ordered to pay €18,000 (S$28,464) to the young victim.

According to case psychiatrist Hartmut Pleines, quoted by Spiegel, the mother's claim that she was in thrall to her partner when she committed the abuse was false.

Local authorities have been accused of failing to protect the boy, who now lives with a foster family.

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